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ALBA extends integration to geology and mining

Granma, Cuba

ALBA extends integration to geology and mining

23 March 2007

Representatives from four Latin American countries yesterday approved in Havana a declaration for incorporating geology and mining into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), according to an AIN report.

The text states: “We have identified actions that should be proposed to our governments to become part of future agreements on mineral resources to be included in the process of integration and greater cooperation being promoted by the ALBA.”

The document was signed by Yadira García, minister of basic industry (Cuba); José G. Delance, minister of mining and metallurgy (Bolivia); Emilio Rapaccioli, minister of energy and mines (Nicaragua); and Iván N. Hernández, deputy minister of Mining (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

The agreement contemplates the creation of a group of experts from the member nations of ALBA, with mutual support in mining legislation, forming a shared geological data base, assessment of mineral potential, and market research.

It also covers the transformation of small-scale mining, the setting up of laboratories and a training system for the labor force, technical staff and professionals.

The decision on the need to undertake joint action in this sector was agreed in one of the specialized workshops of the 2nd Cuban Earth Science Convention, which ends today in the International Conference Center.